17 June, L A.S. (2015)
G.R. Wilson performs a reading of Memory by H.P. Lovecraft
I’m in the midst of reading the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft. He’s an amazing writer, and people smarter than me have written great explanations of how much he’s influenced modern horror and science fiction. You can see his mark (e.g. the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the universe, cult worshipers of ancient alien gods, creepy and isolated New England towns, tentacular oceanic beasts with unpronounceable names, madness at the sight of incomprehensible horrors,) all over movies, books, games, television, and Internet pop culture.
I’ve wanted for a while now to start performing readings of horror fiction for my blog. I don’t have a good excuse for why I waited so long, since I’ve had a high quality audio-technica microphone since last year.
But, better late than never! Here is my performance of H.P. Lovecrafts prose-poem, Memory, estimated to have been written in 1919. It’s one of his shorter pieces, (only a page long in the edition I have,) so I thought it a good place to start. The man had great literary style, (so much so that we have an entire sub-genre of Horror called “Lovecraftian!”) and I want to honor it in whatever small way I can. I will certainly record more Lovecraft stories in the future, and hopefully my narration skills will improve a bit! (Though, if I may say so, I don’t think this is too awful of a start.)
Also, since last summer I’ve gotten in the habit of memorizing poems and speeches that strike my fancy, so I may perform some of those and upload them to my blog. If, by Rudyard Kipling, is a personal favorite of mine.
Until next time,